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What are reasons why one shouldn't run Tor at a network level?

I've been considering proxying all web traffic on my network transparently through Tor and dividing up my bandwidth to share with the rest of the Tor network. Practically speaking, what are some of ...
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Non-Repudiation that can Never be Proven

I understand that non-repudiation is based upon public key cryptography and the principle of only the sender knowing their own private key. However, what is a condition, if any, of non-repudiation ...
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What are the possible rules to identify password sharing- to prevent fraud

I am trying to build correlation/ potential red flag rules to detect if passwords are being shared or stolen... the primary driver for this is guidance from our compliance team, that much of our ...
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Is there a widely used protocol which builds on AES/GCM, and defines serialization formats of A, IV, C and T together?

note: Title edited to make the answer more useful to a wider audience I'm reading source code for encrypting files with AES GCM and see the following binary output. AdditionalAuthData IV ...
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How could someone exploit the OS an ATM is running?

As I'm sure many of you have heard, the end of support for Windows XP is the supposed apocalypse for ATM's worldwide. I am cognizant of the fact that this ensures that no more patches are issued, and ...
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Detecting and removing Absolute persistance technology

Absolute persistance technology amounts to a persistent rootkit pre-installed by many device manufacturers (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, etc) to facilitate LoJack for laptops, and ...
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Anonymizing data for applications

I try to design a system which reads events comming from devices, stores them and exposes API to various applications. Originally I wanted to introduce a module Id translator, so I would store only ...
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Windows XP has many security vulnerabilities, So why many bank using Windows XP until now? [closed]

I know many banks using Windows XP on almost computers for staff working, WinXP has many security vulnerabilities. But rarely seriously problems occured with thier system. Is there good Firewall and ...
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What are the problems that Chip card technology solve? and what are the problems EMV solve? Are the separate things?

What are the problems that Chip card technology solve? and what are the problems EMV solve? I understand that EMV is a standard where as chip card is a technology, It's pretty hard to tell them ...
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How does the authentication in the new UK £1 coin work?

The UK is getting a new £1 coin. Its designers, the Royal Mint, claim that unlike current coins, it includes built in technology for high speed authentication and verification everywhere from ATMs to ...
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Should generating gpg keys ever result in an identical key to an older key?

I recently had a situation where I lost an old private key (write error; realized this too late). In regenerating keys and replacing the public keys on various sites, I noticed that the public keys ...
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Mainframe security [closed]

I am new to mainframe security testing practice. So far I have read a few articles on that even security of mainframe can be compromised. I would like to know if there are any such checklists that ...
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Best approach for restricting remote ssh session

Using the following files, I have attempted to restrict the SSH remote login. Having lack of knowledge in linux environment, I don't know the drawbacks and vulnerabilities between the following ways. ...
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1answer
52 views

Generate Passphrase from the data & encrypted data

right now I'm thinking about how to secure some data inside an Application... Now i have the following problem: Is it possible to generate the passpharase from a decrypted message and the same ...
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2answers
437 views

Is this password generator safe?

128-bit entropy is required http://nxtra.org/nxt-client/js/passphrasegenerator.js With all new browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE 11) it uses crypto.getRandomValues which should be safe, but with IE 10 ...
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Why does Facebook bother comparing old and new passwords?

An answer to this question says Facebook generates a bunch of password guesses to see if they hash the same as a previous version of the password. Why bother? If a service forces every password to ...
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3answers
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Could a neighbour see my traffic when we have cable Internet?

Is it possible that a neighbour could see my traffic (*), when we both have cable Internet? Or: Under which conditions might this be possible? I would assume, "Never!", but after reading these two ...
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Why do you need to encrypt symmetric key?

I'm reading this pki article and as you can see near the bottom, the quick animation and description: The sending computer encrypts the document with a symmetric key, then encrypts the symmetric ...
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What TLS and SSL protocols should I have turned on

I am using Explorer as my browser. What do I have to have on regarding the TLS and SSL protocols. There are several of each one.
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How to securely share key between two remote devices?

Assuming I have a server/client topology, currently I'm facing the problem that I want to generate some key on the client side and somehow make the remote server get it securely. I'm using AES on ...
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2answers
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buffer overflow in python script

I am developing a script to perform an a buffer overflow for an assignment in school. However, I am stuck at a point where my payload works injected through the commandline, but not injected through ...
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GSM A5/1 encryption: Key management

I'm currently studying the A5/1 algorithm used for GSM encryption. I understood how thanks to the symmetric private Key and a public counter frame one can encrypt the communication between A and B. ...
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Comprehensive audit of firewall - is Internet truly not accessible?

We have many Linux servers in several co-locations over the world. By design, these machines generally should not be able to access the Internet. Depending on location and role, some sites may have ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to store the reset password token in PHP session

I have a login system created in PHP. It currently doesn't have the "forgot password" feature and I would like to implement the feature. For this I'm planning to do the following: When user submits ...
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1answer
60 views

Verify external data files for an application

I have a C++ application with an algorithm, whose usage I want to protect. The application needs several input data files to work (those may change for each client). My goal is to allow only ...
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1answer
870 views

What prevents the Intel TXT boot loader from being maliciously altered?

From my understanding of Intel TXT, the technology can be used to put the processor in a trusted state where measurements can be performed. My understanding looks something like this, where I believe ...
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1answer
234 views

Review of approach to client-side only hashing and encryption for web application

Background: I have little knowledge of hashing and encryption, so please bear with me. I have posted a related question here: ...
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How safe is SSL? [closed]

If I got an SSL certificate for my website and use an SSL secured connection (HTTPS), is this safe enough to send my login and password data or should I add some encryption or hashing? And how safe ...
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Why is client-side hashing of a password so uncommon?

There are very few websites that hash the users password before submitting it to the server. Javascript doesnt even have support for SHA or other algorithms. But I can think of quite a few advantages, ...
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1answer
627 views

MitM Attacks - Iptables?

I have looked for the answer to this question to no avail, apologies if I missed it. I would like to know how effective iptables would be against MitM attacks - in the following setup: ALLOW INPUT ...
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2answers
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How to hide real IP from browsers while using VPN?

You probably know that even when you use a VPN service, browsers like Chrome and Safari can still somehow provide your real location to Google Maps etc (if you give it a permission). My question is: ...
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3answers
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EICAR alternative for IDS/IPS

Is there a way to trigger alarms in an Intrusion Detection System with something similar to the EICAR test virus? Maybe some special packet that is harmless to the environement, but will trigger IDS? ...
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1answer
314 views

How do I identify a DES encryption key in a dump file using winhex?

I've created a C# program that encrypts and decrypts a file. The encryption method is DES. The program is exactly the same as in the following link, except that the part that removes the key from ...
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2answers
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Embedding hidden data inside files [closed]

I need to embed a unique ID hash string in many types of files, and then verify the hash string inside the files later on remotely. Is there a best practice for doing this?
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SqlMap bypasses OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set for SQL Injection

I am trying to perform a simple penetration test on the DVWA (the web application that has been specifically designed to be vulnerable to some of the most common web application attacks). I want to ...
2
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1answer
420 views

Is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it?

With today's technology, is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it, kind of like what we see in movies?
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103 views

How to setup cronjobs that do scp without saving the .pem file on either of the machines

I have the following situation and want to know what are the best practices to do such things without exposing myself to security issues I have two servers both use the same private key for login. ...
2
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1answer
141 views

vsftpd metasploit evidence in logs?

We have a public ftp server that is being probed by the usual Chinese brute-force scans. They are probing vsftpd. Notmally a failed login to vsftpd looks like this in syslog: Mar 17 15:56:07 ...
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1answer
81 views

Timing Attacks in RSA

Considering the classic scenario of Eve trying to listen in to Alice and Bob's conversation, if Eve can intercept messages between Alice and Bob but with no access to their computers would Timing ...
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2answers
387 views

Using a Proxy to Log Http/s requests and Performance Evaluation

I have to read http/https messages sent from a client system and see that the messages are not being modified within system by any malware and the server receives what exactly the user wants to send. ...
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3answers
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Is a console application with NT Authority/System rights dangerous?

A developer managed to open a console application with NT Authority/System rights at the startup screen before logging in. From that command prompt it is possible to execute arbitrary programs like ...
0
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1answer
361 views

Which OpenSource Proxy is Better and easier to use? [closed]

I have to read http/https messages sent from a client system and see that the messages are not being modified within system by any malware and the server receives what exactly the user wants to send. ...
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1answer
224 views

Suspicious http requests in my logs: *.html/RS=^

I see some strange (suspicious?) http requests in my webserver. Example: 192.161.x.x - - [14/Mar/2014:21:55:36 -0300] "GET /ce/c02i.html/RS=^ADAD3F3nOTvuESWLtAiP39aTQZiSRQ- HTTP/1.0" 404 881 ...
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Is hashing the HMAC secret key a good idea?

I'm implementing a REST API and I've generated 128-bit random API keys which are used with HMAC-SHA1 for authorization. Should I hash the secret key on both the client and server before using it, ...
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1answer
234 views

Secure Communication Between .Net Application and Website

Recently, We developed an application that we want it's users to pay for a monthly subscription in order to use it. So the first thing that came to our minds how to implement a secure way for our ...
4
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1answer
275 views

Safe ways to store passwords without hashing them

I'm working on an email client for Windows, and to send emails, my application needs to have the email address and the password of that email address. When the user gives his password, I store it ...
3
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1answer
571 views

Why warning sign when visiting https-website? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I visit a website using HTTPS, I get a warning sign next to the URL in my browser (see screenshot; look for yellow/orange arrow) and I wonder if this marks a potential threat or an ...
0
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1answer
421 views

CAPTCHA Bypassing with Captcha Clipping Attack is Like MiTM between servers, Is that even Possible?

Sorry if this is a very amateur question. I was checking out some article regarding CAPTCHA bypassing. And I though this article seemed interesting ...
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4answers
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How to get an “A” on Qualys SSL Labs with Apache 2.2?

I've tried running Qualys' ssltest a few times and it keeps complaining that PFS isn't supported in some browsers. On their blog, they suggest a configuration for Apache 2.4 that should get an "A" ...
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1answer
232 views

How safely allow users to run arbitrary JVM code on a server?

I'm planning a service that will require allowing users to run arbitrary JVM code on a server. I'm planning to sandbox the code, but I know that the JVM has traditionally had security holes, which is ...

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